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Just announced: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. Smoove & Turrell live, 20th December.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. Smoove & Turrell live

20 December / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The Funk & Soul Show goes live for what is now considered one of Manchester's biggest and friendliest club nights featuring a full live set by the mighty Smoove & Turrell followed by DJ, actor and funkster about town Craig Charles manning the decks until 3am.

For those of you who don't already, Geordie electronic duo Smoove & Turrell are at the head of the pack of the new UK funk and soul scene. Fronted by the fabulously gutsy and gravelly voice of Turrell, they mix up contemporary electronic soul rhythms with old school stylings to wonderful effect. With an obvious love and northern soul and deep, dancefloor-bumping funk, it's retro-future party music of the highest order. Performing a full live set before Mr Craig Charles takes over on the decks, expect this to be the only party you’ll want to be at this month.

Just announced: The Brew, 9th April.

The Brew

09 April / 18:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The Brew have gone from strength to strength since the release of their international breakthrough The Joker in 2008. With two subsequent studio projects and a powerhouse live album, this award-winning trio has grown into one of Europe's most potent rock acts, combining the musicianship of classic rock with youthful energy and a brash, contemporary outlook. The band appeared twice on Germany’s Prestigious Rockpalast show and has toured with the likes of ZZ Top, and Lynryd Skynryd, played alongside legends as Jeff Beck, Joe Bonemassa, Chickenfoot, and Joe Satriani to name only a few.

"the best three piece to come out of the UK in 20 years.." It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

Just announced: NYE Funk & Soul Party ft. Myles Sanko, live, 31st December.

NYE Funk & Soul Party ft. Myles Sanko, live

31 December / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

This New Year’s Eve, Band on the Wall helps you groove your way into 2016 with the biggest funk and soul party in town!

We have a special live set from one of the hottest soul stars around – Myles Sanko ( – an act described by our own funkmeister Craig Charles as “one of the freshest talents in the UK” This party will mark the end of a truly stellar year for Myles and he performs for us hot off the heels of his European tour with Gregory Porter.

Resident DJs Mikey Funkhouser (aka Mikey DON) and Jonny Shire will keep your feet moving to the authentic sounds of funk & soul, promising to keep you dancing into 2016.

Expect a night of floor fillers, great drinks, good company and of course, truly outstanding funk and soul!

Just announced: Indian Fusion Lab Spring 2016

Indian Fusion Lab Spring 2016

13 January - 23 January / 19:00 - 21:00 / More Info / Enrol

Brighter Sound presents Indian Fusion Lab, a brand new course for Spring 2016 at Band on the Wall.

Indian Fusion Lab: A 10 week course including performance for musicians who are interested in how to use Indian Classical traditions as a creative spark and as a medium for collaboration.

The Indian Fusion Lab is an exploration of different ways to use elements of Indian Classical Music in creating new original music.  Leaders Avital Raz and Sam Lewis will introduce the rich pallet of wonderful subtleties in melody and exciting rhythms that Indian Fusion music has to offer songwriters and composers.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced ability musicians of any genre and style who would like to gain some insight into Indian scales (Raags) and Rhythms (Taals) or just those looking for new inspiration for their compositions. The sessions are two hours long and will include some vocal work for all participants.

Much like Jazz, Indian classical music involves improvisation within certain frameworks. Raags are more than just scales. They have specific personalities. They may differ on the way up or down and have specific ways of treating notes or embellishments to create a very distinct mood. During the course participants will experiment with improvisation and the concepts used by Indian Classical musicians. Participants will explore ways in which these concepts can be applied to their own songwriting.

Avital Raz was born in Jerusalem and had an impressive career in Western classical singing before she relocated to India and devoted herself to the study of Dhrupad- (the most ancient form of Hindustani classical music), for six years under Prof. Ritwik Sanyal of Benares Hindu University. Today she lives in the UK and focuses primarily on using the various traditions she's learnt in creating her own original music.

Sam Lewis is an experienced saxophonist who over his 21 years of playing has been involved in a wide range of genres and performed with a number of acts to an International level. His passion for Indian Classical music began 5 years ago. He travelled to India to take lessons in shehnai from master musician Lokesh Anand in 2010 as well as taking lessons from Indian Classical saxophonist Jesse Bannister before and after his travels. Since then Indian music has continued to be a big influence on his playing. It has also given much inspiration with his approach to composition, especially with two of his projects; Emu and Rangeela.

Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall

Dates: Wednesdays 13, 20, 27 Jan. 3, 10, 24 Feb. 2, 9, 16 23 Mar (Performance 23 Mar)

Times: 7-9pm

Cost: £120 / £105 conc. / £15 pay per session (booking fees apply) 

NB: Concessions are for unwaged, full time students and OAP only. Under 16's should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Just announced: Harmonica Group Spring 2016

Harmonica Group Spring 2016

12 January - 22 March / 18:00 - 20:30 / More Info / Enrol

Beginner Harmonica Course PLUS New Harmonica Choir

Ten weeks of tooting for harmonicists of all standards! 

Beginners start from scratch with a ten-week course with the option to join the new Harmonica Choirafter 5 lessons. Learn the fundamental techniques and some simple blues, country and folk tunes (with a bit of Beethoven thrown in). All lessons are taught on diatonic harmonicas in C. The Hohner Silver Star is a good starter model - available from our online store HERE.

"Excellent value for money, recommend to anyone who would like to learn basics."

Easy to learn, fun to play, inexpensive and widely used in many styles from folk to classical; with a Harmonica you carry a world of music in your pocket. 

Tutor and Harmonica virtuoso Mat Walklate will dispel the myths and reveal the mysteries. of the greatest harmonica players on the planet” - Mike Harding

"Mat is a great teacher, and I will definitely be signing up for the next course."

Harmonica Choir is a new group for all players from basic level to advanced. Learn to play tunes from blues, folk, classical, jazz and popular music in parts arranged to suit all abilities. A fun way to harmonise as a group and learn new skills and tunes in the process. The Harmonica Choir runs from 7pm for an hour and a half immediately after the beginners course finishes.

This series runs over 10 weeks and is led by the renowned blues and Irish traditional harmonica virtuoso and teacher Mat Walklate. Mat currently plays with the Irish traditional group, The House Devils. 

Course materials for beginners and the Harmonica Choir, including recordings and written reference sheets, are available online HERE. The access password is available on request from the course tutor or contacting the Creative Music Programme Manager at

This course is open to all ages and abilities as part of the Creative Music Programme at Band on the Wall, produced by Brighter Sound. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall
  • Day: Tuesdays
  • Dates: 12, 19, 26 Jan. 2, 9, 23 Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar.
  • Times: Beginners 6-6.50pm. Harmonica Choir 7-8.30pm

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